Tucked away in southwest Marion County, the city of Dunnellon is perhaps the best-kept secret of North Central Florida. With two major rivers converging in its borders, Dunnellon is the epicenter of a rich outdoor life in the county, and a hub of luxurious riverfront living.


Tranquil Dunnellon is located only twenty minutes from Ocala and forty minutes from Gainesville, and offers something for everyone looking to discover North Central Florida. Its living options include signature riverfront luxury properties for those who love the water, active adult communities for retirees looking to relocate, and secure suburban neighborhoods for families in search of a safe, thriving place to call home.

Dunnellon also boasts a well-preserved historical district, and is convenient to a number of award-winning golf courses such as:

  • Juliette Falls
  • Rainbow’s End
  • Spruce Creek
  • El Diablo
  • Citrus Springs.


The Blue Gator Tiki Bar and Restaurant– A local favorite, the Blue Gator sits right on the Withlacoochee River and offers up classic Florida seafood dishes like gator tail, oysters, steamed shrimp, and more. It’s the perfect place to relax by the river with a few cocktails and delicious eats!

Swampy’s Bar and Grill– Overlooking the crystal-clear Rainbow River, Swampy’s lets patrons enjoy the beauty of nature along with some killer Cajun dishes and cocktails. Chow down on some etoufee, and watch the sun set over the river. You may even catch a glimpse of an otter or two!


Dunnellon is truly a nature-lover’s paradise with the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers dominating outdoor life in the area. In addition to the two rivers, Dunnellon is surrounded by state parks and forests, with convenience to lakes, coastal rivers, and even the Gulf of Mexico. The Dunnellon area has outdoor activities for everyone!

Cross Florida Greenway– Crossing Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Over time, this corridor was transformed from one of the nation’s largest uncompleted public works projects to a world class greenway with hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, boat ramps, fishing spots, campgrounds, a barrier-free Boundless Playground® and picnic shelters.

Rainbow Springs State Park– Lovers of boating, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming will fall in love with Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River! The park features not only the crystal clear headspring of the Rainbow River, but also beautiful gardens and waterfalls. Tubing is also available upriver.

Goethe State Forest– Over 53,000 acres of natural beauty await at Goethe State Forest, one of the few old growth longleaf pine forests in Florida. Hikers can enjoy seven different trailheads, and trails are also open to horses. Fishers, hunters, campers, and picnickers are also welcome.

Other outdoor attractions in the Dunnellon area include the Ross Prairie State Forest, Halpata Tastanaki Preserve, and Lake Brousseau. Dunnellon is also convenient to Crystal River, and is only 45 minutes away from Cedar Key on the Gulf Coast.

For more information on why Dunnellon is the best kept secret of North Central Florida, contact Showcase Properties of Central Florida today! To see more of what Marion County has to offer, take a look at our Neighborhood Spotlights to find the perfect neighborhood for you.